Originally Posted by nakasan
How's that one saying go? 'if it looks too good to be true, it probably is..'?
Probably the best advice one can ever give or take. Easy to give, hard to take.
There are many variations, but they all come down to the fact that most scams succeed because people want more than they know is possible and they are gullible.
If it was me in MEDDUDE's shoes, I'd be bringing the wrath of god down on those people. At least whatever they believe is god. It takes a lot of damned gall to repeatedly and intentionally lie in pubic and private about something. What? They thought he wouldn't check things? After all the carping in these forums, how could he not check. And its not like he's an idiot or totally isolated from the laptop community. He could and he did run the benches, he checked the specs. How could they carry the bluff that far?
Well, MEDDUDE, you have the option of letting AMEX deal with them. I wouldn't keep the machine no matter how sweet it was. It simply encourages this type of operator to continue. Heck, I'd be considering criminal charges for false advertising and breach of contract. Since it was done over the internet and if you are not in California, it would be Federal charges.
Its one thing to simply not know any better, as in some seller on E-Bay that ended up with a laptop that someone made extraordinary claims about and they accepted and passed along. But "L" claims to be a sophisticated reseller/OEM that has made outrageous claims and statements, claims and statements they know to be false. Even when confronted with their falsehoods, they continue to try to bluff it out. They need to have their come-uppance. Real bad.
However, I have to say thanks to MEDDUDE. Thanks that he was willing and could take the risk to prove this out. Sorry its turned out much as was expected by the most of us. Though I expected that he might not even get a machine, I have to admit I was hoping it would all be true. I really wish there were some OEM out there blowing the doors off. If I had a spare $1M, I'd go for it myself. There's nothing like being out in front of everyone else, so far out there you can take the luxury of turning around and looking back at them all gasping in your dust.
That was what turned me on to SAGER 10 years ago. Everyone I knew then and asked about SAGER said it was just a fly-by-night scam that couldn't be true. That's one exception to the "If it looks to0 good to be ... ...." rule.
Unfortunately, that's not the case this time.